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Maryland to Alaska and Back in a 1994 ZR-1
Part 13
On Tuesday, we left Delani and headed south to Anchorage. The day started out cloudy with a little rain. The route runs on the west side of Denali National Park and the scenery is wonderful:

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We stopped in the town of Talkeetna, which is the base for a lot of tour companies that operate in the Park. The Mayor of Talkeetna is a cat (by a write-in vote). We tried to find the Mayor, but it was rumored that he was asleep under the General Store:

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In Trapper Creek, AK, we stopped at Wal-Mikes, a icon in southern Alaska:

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When we arrived in Anchorage, Lyndi visited with a long-time friend while I took care of some logistics. I changed the oil, washed the Z, and did some shopping.

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In Anchorage, our accommodations were on Elmendorf Air Force Base. Being retired US Navy has its benefits:

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On Wednesday, we stayed in Anchorage and took a train from Anchorage to Whittier and then boarded an excursion boat for a tour of the glaciers on Prince William Sound.

The Alaska Railroad is a state-owned company that provides passenger and freight service from Anchorage to Fairbanks, Whittier and Seward. We found the passenger trains to be very comfortable and well run:

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The route from Anchorage to Whittier runs east along Turnagain Arm and through two tunnels at Portage. Along the route, we passed a marshy area where all of the trees were dead. During the severe earthquake of 1964, the ground southeast of Anchorage dropped eight feet. After the ground shift, the salt water of Turnagain Arm infiltrated the ground water and killed the trees: We did spot an American Bald Eagle sitting in one of the trees:

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Across one of the tidal ponds we had great views of the Chugach Mountains:

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Here is Lyndi on board the excursion boat. In the background three glaciers are visible:

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The highpoint of the Glacier Cruise was the visit to Surprise Glacier. As we approached the glacier, we encountered quite a bit of wildlife.

Here are some sea lions basking on a rocky island:

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Here are a group of sea otters checking out the tour boat to make sure we don't get too close to their raft:

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